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On a rainy day, a few camp issues

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2010 at 6:16 am with 8 Comments »
February 28, 2010 6:16 am

Yes, it’s raining again in Peoria, which is going to cause problems with a full-squad workout, but nothing the Seattle Mariners won’t resolve.

As the team heads into March, there are issues to be resolved that weren’t as obvious two weeks ago:

  • Can Jose Lopez play third base well enough to free Chone Figgins to play third? Clearly, this is an experiment the team will continue into the middle of the exhibition schedule.
  • What will the opening day catching corps look like? Manager Don Wakamatsu made it simple the other day when he said the two best defensive catchers will break camp. Rob Johnson will almost certainly be one, the second will either rookie Adam Moore or veteran Josh Bard.  Offense won’t be a major factor.
  • Can Ian Snell emerge as the No. 3 man in the Seattle rotation? A bit flakey, a lot inconsistent, the 28-year-old righty would break up lefties Cliff Lee and Ryan Rowland-Smith if he goes third.
  • Can Mike Sweeney get a big league deal? It’s a huge longshot with Seattle, but the question is why another team hasn’t approached him about coming off the bench in ’10. Sweeney is in better physical shape this spring than last and batted .287 a year ago.
  • Is Casey Kotchman a middle of the lineup hitter? Seattle thinks he could be, though he never has been in the big leagues. A left-handed hitter whose swing may be tailored to Safeco Field, the Mariners are putting a lot of faith in the first baseman.

There aren’t more than a few dozen other questions to be answered, but for the final wet morning of  February, those will do.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Skysport says:

    I hope Kotchman doesn’t start TRYING to be a home run hitter, because nothing is farther away than a short fence that’s first and foremost in a gap hitters mind.

  2. Larry, Is the problem with signing Washburn $’s, or……….? I still see him as a possible #3 until Bedard is healthy, & then a #4 with RRS as #5.

  3. westside_guy says:

    If Rob Johnson is one of our “two best defensive catchers”, we really need to work on developing that position in the minors. I won’t get into that “intangibles” argument, cuz you either believe it or you don’t – but no one sees him as a great backstop.

  4. westside_guy says:

    Oh, by the way Larry – it’s a beautiful day up here in the Pacific Northwest. May not be any warmer than down there, but right now the sun is shining…

  5. Larry Larue says:

    moo – money is an issue, and washburn has thus far declined offers from all teams that are less than he thinks he’s worth. at this point, he’s happy on his deer farm in wisconsin, and isn’t come back for less than he thinks he should get.

  6. footballscaa says:

    Will everybody just shut up about washburn already? Crips, just let the guy hunt deer.

  7. footballscaa says:

    And if you still need to love him so badly, put him on your fantasy team.

  8. wabubba67 says:

    Adam Moore and Casey Kotchman will be the biggest positive surprises on the Mariners this year.

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